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I have 2 new children's books coming out this autumn. I need to create promotional & marketing materials and create a website.

Hi, I'm Timothy Young. I'm an author/illustrator and my first book, I'm Looking For A Monster!, was published a few years ago by Random House. It did well, won a couple of awards and is still selling,

I recently found a great publisher, Schiffer Publishing, and I have 2 new books that will be out for the 2012 fall season, Shadows On My Wall and They're Coming!  

I've learned from experience that as an author you need to be out promoting your own books. Marketing and travel are expensive. I'm looking to raise money so I can cover the up-front costs for promotion so that the word is out about these books when they are released in the fall. I also need to spend some time creating promotional materials and building a website for the books.

Shadow's On My Wall is about a boy who is scared by the things he sees in the shadows cast on his wall by the streetlight outside his window. He's very imaginative in his solutions to overcome his fears.

In They're Coming!, the various creeps and creatures and spooky things that come out at night are all coming, but why? And where are they all heading?

I've been lucky, I've had a very exciting, creative career. Aside from writing and illustrating, I've been an animator, a sculptor, a toy designer, and an art director. I've worked on projects like Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Disney's Doug and Peter Gabriel's Big Time music video. I designed and built Muppets for the Jim Henson company, I was the first person to sculpt the Simpsons' heads for Burger King toys and I was design director for the company that created the Meanies, the Beanie Baby toy parodies. Have a look, some of my Kickstarter rewards come from my eclectic career path in the toy, publishing and entertainment industries and some of them are quite rare. You can visit www.creaturesandcharacters.com to see more samples of my work.

If you are a retailer who wants to sell my books, I'm Looking For A Monster! is available now from Random House. The ISBN number is 978-0-375-84416-4. The two new books will be available for pre-order soon, I will post the information as soon as Schiffer Publishing releases their newest catalog. Please contact me about book signing opportunities.  

Sculpted Before Your Eyes Monster Choices:

Here are the 3 monsters. I will sculpt 1 of them in Polyform Clay and post updates of the progress. I will make a silicone mold and cast 10 of them.

An Important note on the rewards!

I had to put an outside date for fulfilling the rewards. If you pledge, you will get your copies of my new books as soon as I get copies from Schiffer Publishing, which could be as soon as July. Once I get a firm delivery date I will post it here to let you know. Be among the first to get your signed copies!

A NEW reward level!

For $75 I will design a one-of-a-kind original, fully-rendered character for you! You get a signed fine-art print as well as a digital version you can use as your avatar on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere you want. Here are some characters I've designed over the years. You also get a signed copy of each of my new books!

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    Same as above plus an autographed original postcard from the author mailed as a postcard.

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    Same as above plus an autographed original postcard from the author mailed in an envelope for it's protection.

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    Same as above plus 1 autographed copy of your choice of “I'm Looking For A Monster!”, “They're Coming!” or “Shadows On My Wall”.

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    One signed copy each of "Shadows On My Wall" and "They're Coming!" plus the thank you and the postcard.

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    1 autographed copy of each of my 3 books, plus the postcard and “Thank You” listing.

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    I will design an original one-of-a-kind character for you. You can pick a Monster, Animal, Alien, Person, Vegetable or anything. If you can't decide, I'll figure something out. You will get a signed, fully-rendered, 8" x 10" fine-art print plus a digital version that you can use as your picture on Facebook or anywhere you want. You also get the $40.00 package of the 2 new books.

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    The 3 autographed books plus 1 signed and numbered 11” x 17” fine-art print from “They're Coming” or “Shadows On My Wall”

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    The 3 autographed books plus 2 signed and numbered 11” x 17” fine-art prints, one from each of the new books.

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    The “Bean-Bag” Package – As Design Director of the Idea Factory, I designed many of the Meanies, our parodies of Beanie Babies and I wrote many of the limericks on the hangtags. You will get 2 original bean-bag toys (each with one of my limericks) and a signed print of original Meanies character art. You also get the $50 package.

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    The "I'll sculpt this before your eyes" package. Since the Toy prototypes package went so quickly I'm adding this extra level of support. I've drawn 3 monsters (see update on the left) The first backer at this level gets to pick which of the three I will sculpt. The monster will stand about 6" tall. I'll post updates as the sculpture is finished, then I will make a mold and cast 10 resin finals. I will then destroy the mold. Each casting will be hand painted and personalized by me. You also get the $50 package.

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    This level gets you the original sculpt, not a casting, which will be hand-painted and personalized by me. As above, you also get the $50 package.

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    The “Fast-Food” Package: 1 set of Burger King Simpsons Dolls in original poly bags signed by me: These were the first premium toys of the Simpsons, sold to promote the first season of the show. I sculpted Bart, Lisa and Maggie's heads. I was the first person to have to figure out how their hair would work in three dimensions. You also get everything in the $50.00 package.

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    “A Day With The Author/Illustrator” I will come and visit your child's school, your local library and/or your favorite local bookstore for a reading/signing/art demonstration. I'll talk to you about the fun, exciting projects I had the good fortune to work on and I'll talk to you about and critique your own art and writing ideas. If you don't have kids or a project of your own, I suppose I can wash your car or walk your dog. (includes the $50.00 package). Reasonable travel expenses must be included.

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    The Deluxe “Bean-Bag” Package – Includes a full set of Idea Factory Meanies toys including a very rare premium character, the signed print plus an original, signed, hand colored drawing of the character of your choice and a rare black nylon jacket with a large embroidered Meanies logo, worn by me at promotional events and at Toy Fair. ( includes the $50 package.)

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    The Deluxe “Fast-Food” Package: Everything in the Fast-Food" package, plus a resin casting of one of the original sculpted heads, plus the $50 package.

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    The "Saturday Morning Cartoons" package. A hand sculpted replica in polymer clay of the "Penny" character from Pee-Wee's Playhouse. I worked as the head-modelmaker of the clay-animated cartoons for the first season of the show. Also includes a copy of "Inside Pee-Wee's Playhouse" by Case Gaines, in which I am included. The book will be signed by the author and signed by me with a drawing of Penny.

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    The "Little Rubber Guys" package. I've worked on a a bunch of small character toy lines over the years. I am offering a bunch of resin prototype castings of these, which I sculpted and designed. their will be at least 30 castings, some of the items were never released. I will also included 1 original wax sculpture. This also included the $50 package.

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